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About Café con Pan (pictured):
Café con Pan performs the traditional music of southern Veracruz, Mexico called Son Jarocho. This idiom is a musical synthesis of Indigenous, African and European traditions. Poetic improvisation, call-and-response singing and vigorous strumming make for an engaging and uplifting performance. They use hand made instruments that are only found in certain parts of Mexico, such as the jarana, the pandero tlacotalpeño, the guitarra de son and the Leona. Also featured in the ensemble is percussive zapateado dancing. They learned the music in the oral tradition from farmers in the towns of Santiago Tuxtla and San Andrés Tuxtla. In 1999, Café con Pan started the Anona Music Project which committed to documenting the music in the countryside as well as the oral history of the Tuxtlas region. They have produced eight recordings as well as an educational game based on the traditional songs.
About Jorge Morenos:
Jorge Morenos is a groundbreaking Mexican folk musician deeply connected with the son huasteco tradition of his native state of Tamaulipas. Recognized for his virtuostic performances, Morenos explores a new range of possibilities for traditional instruments. His work as composer combines baroque forms, folk rhythms and contemporary harmonies. The poetry that he sets to music is a provocative amalgam of mythology, politics and folklore.
About Jorge Lopez:
A proud son of Mexico City, Jorge Lopez has spent his life studying and mastering the guitar. He inherited his love of the classical guitar from his father Gustavo Lopez, who was a student and assistant of the greatest guitarist of all times, Andres Segovia. Gustavo was among the first to record classical guitar in Mexico. One of his recordings, "Voice of Mexico," which he recorded under the name Gustavo Zepoll, is now the only guitar recording in the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
Jorge prides himself on his clean and crisp style of articulation on the guitar. His insistence on reproducing the clear and dulcet tones of the acoustic instrument, defines his unique and inspiring manipulation of the guitar. In addition to his own recordings, he has contributed to performances and recordings by many North American artists such as Spyro Gyra and Linda Ronstadt.
Since making Toronto his permanent home, Jorge has explored all aspects of his wide-ranging talent and has founded several musical groups varying in styles and tastes, but always remaining true to his predominant guitar work. His groups have gained much recognition in the Canadian music scene, one of which was awarded Toronto Life's "Best in the City" in 1999. He has appeared with his groups on CBC Radio, City TV's Breakfast Television, and The Toronto Show on Global TV.